Japanese Netsuke

Japanese Netsuke

Hardback Far Eastern Series / Victoria and Albert Museum

By (author) Julia Hutt, By (author) Edmund de Waal

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  • Publisher: V & A Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 244mm x 16mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1851777024
  • ISBN 13: 9781851777020
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 125 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 137,058

Product description

The Japanese netsuke is a thing of wonder: a utilitarian accessory to traditional Japanese dress that has become an art form in itself, prized by collectors from East to West. The V&A's collection of netsuke is world-famous, and this stunning book draws on its many highlights to explore the origins of netsuke and to trace the sources of their designs in prints, paintings and woodblock-printed books. It records the evolution of materials and techniques and the patterns of craftsmanship, in a text that is both accessible and comprehensive, and is illustrated with some of the very finest examples of netsuke.

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Julia Hutt is Curator in the Asian Department of the V&A with particular responsibility for Japanese lacquer-work, inro and netsuke.